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Early Childhood Education Plan of Study

Early Childhood Education Major: Bach Sci
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Early Childhood Education Major: Bach Sci


   Major Courses (35 cr. to be chosen)

      CF  2160   Child Development Birth Through Eight 3 cr.  Growth and development of the young child from birth through age eight, including both typical and atypical characteristics and needs of young children, with a particular focus on theory and current research in the field. Exploration of ways to create learning environments that are healthy, respectful, responsive, supportive, and challenging for young children. Introduction of the Universal Education Vision and Principles. 
      ECE 2250   Infant and Toddler Best Practices 3 cr.  Understanding typical and atypical development of infants and toddlers in order to create developmentally appropriate learning environments meeting Michigan Standards of Quality for Infant and Toddler Programs. Creating respectful, responsive, supportive, and challenging learning experiences and activities for all infants and toddlers. Strategies for partnering with families to support infant and toddler development. 
      ECE 3100   Language and Emergent Literacy 3 cr.  Students apply theory- and research-based strategies to promote the emergent literacy of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners. Through an exploration of multiple genres, including books that represent all types of diversity, students learn to scaffold children’s literacy development across all early learning domains and content areas. Incorporates the use of developmentally appropriate technology designed to enhance literacy experiences and comprehension. Activities support parents in fostering literacy in the home, including those for whom English is a second language. 
      ECE 3160   Child Care Administration 3 cr.  Requirements for infant, toddler, and early childhood care in center-based programs. Exploration of curriculum within centers for all groups. Leadership component highlights administrative skills, collaboration, planning, organizing, assembling resources, supervision of early childhood professionals, and advocacy for and support of young children and families. Prerequisite or corequisite: ECE 2650. 
      ECE 3580   Developing Early Childhood Curriculum 3 cr.  Theories and strategies to respond to differences between and within children; Bloom’s taxonomy and learning differences in children. Adapting the science, social studies, and mathematics curriculum to meet the needs of all students in an integrated curriculum and foster social competence in children. Techniques to include technology in the curriculum. The course highlights the Universal Education Vision and Principles. Prerequisite: ECE 2650, ECE 3100. Corequisite: ECE 3930. 
      ECE 3710   Inclusive Curriculum Birth to Eight 3 cr.  Identification of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with special needs, accessing services, planning activities, and adapting the environment in order to program effectively. Collaboration with parents and professionals to advocate for and provide individualized programs and services for very young children with special needs is also emphasized including participation in Individualized Family Service Plans and Individualized Education Plans. Prerequisite: ECE 3100. 
      ECE 3930   Preschool Practicum with Seminar 2 cr.  Practicum of 120 clock hours in an early education center in either an infant, toddler, or preschool classroom. Cumulative assumption of responsibilities in the early childhood classroom. Prerequisites: ECE 2650 and ECE 3100; corequisite: ECE 3580. Observe posted deadlines for submission of application forms. 
      ECE 4130   Home/School Partnerships (ECE*/EDU) 3 cr.  The role of the family in children’s learning and development; the importance of forming positive home/school relationships with all families; strategies for working in partnership with parents, caregivers, and other professionals for the purpose of supporting the learning and development of children. Readings and experiences designed to foster the desire to and knowledge of ways to advocate for children and their families. 
      ECE 4160   Assessing Young Children 3 cr.  The goals, benefits, use, and misuse of assessment and the skills required for observation, documentation, and effective assessment strategies. Responsible assessment practices and partnering with parents and other professionals to positively influence children’s development and learning. Multiple types of developmentally-appropriate assessment and their use in driving instruction. A field component is included. Prerequisite: ECE 3580. 
      ECE 4210   Design of Instruction for Children with Exceptional Learning Needs 3 cr.  Design and implementation of learning experiences for children with exceptionalities through the use of learning supports and transition planning, and including the use of adaptive, assistive, and augmentative technologies. Students work in a professional team context to support developmentally appropriate practice. Includes a field component. Prerequisite: ECE 3710. 
      ECE 4220   Early Childhood Education Workshops 1 cr.  This workshop-based course focuses on the methods and materials relevant for candidates taking the Michigan ZS (Early Childhood and Special Education) Endorsement test. Prerequisite: ECE 4210. 
      ECE 4700   Directed Teaching: Early Childhood 4 cr.  Supervised teaching in a K-3 school setting. 240 clock hours over 12 weeks required. Prerequisite: approval of advisor and admission to directed teaching. Corequisite: ECE 4810. Note: the Early Childhood directed teaching application form is different from the College of Education directed teaching application form. The same deadlines for submission apply to both applications. 
      ECE 4810   Directed Teaching Seminar: Early Childhood 1 cr.  The forum to reflect upon and discuss practicum experiences in a supervised setting. Implementation of Positive Behavioral Support. Action research as a tool for self-reflection and continued professional development. Corequisite: ECE 4700 
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